Turning Feminist Judgments into Jurisprudence: The Women's Court of Canada on Substantive Equality

18 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2018 Last revised: 19 Dec 2018

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Denise G. Reaume

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

Date Written: July 18, 2018


English abstract: The Women’s Court of Canada project is unique in having chosen to focus its rewriting efforts in a specific area of law – constitutional equality cases. This strategy permits an assessment of the WCC jurisprudence to see if it yields a competing ‘theory’ of equality rights that might be used to systematically critique the real jurisprudence and perhaps produce lines of argument capable of redirecting the real law. This effort reveals the pervasive importance of attention to and representation of context to bringing to life the abstract commitments of an account of substantive equality. While not a new discovery, this demonstration of the work context can do across an array of linked cases is illuminating.

Spanish abstract: El proyecto del Tribunal de Mujeres de Canadá (TMC; en inglés, Women's Court of Canada) es único en el sentido de que se ha centrado en reescribir, sobre todo, sentencias de un área específica del derecho – casos de igualdad constitucional –. Esta estrategia permite una valoración de la jurisprudencia del TMC para ver si brinda una teoría alternativa de derechos de igualdad que se pueda usar para producir argumentaciones capaces de redirigir el derecho real. Este esfuerzo revela la importancia general de la atención al contexto, y la representación de éste, a la hora de dotar de vida los compromisos abstractos de igualdad sustantiva. Si bien no se trata de una novedad, es esclarecedora esta demostración de lo que el contexto de trabajo puede hacer en un número de casos relacionados.

Keywords: Equality, substantive equality, context, Igualdad, igualdad sustantiva, contexto

Suggested Citation

Reaume, Denise G., Turning Feminist Judgments into Jurisprudence: The Women's Court of Canada on Substantive Equality (July 18, 2018). Oñati Socio-Legal Series, vol. 8, n. 9 (2018), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3215739

Denise G. Reaume (Contact Author)

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law ( email )

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